TERRY Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, has a new book out entitled The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual: Memoirs of an Unlikely Activist.
In this funny, warm and touching book Sanderson reveals how he – the most unwilling and unlikely of activists – honed his skills as a campaigner in the early days of the struggle for gay rights in Britain.
But this is more than just the story of an amazing social revolution: it’s an absorbing tale that will take you to a time when coming out of the closet was a radical act with potentially dire consequences and when fear and prejudice were the daily lot of gay people.
From the author of the best-selling self-help manual How to be a Happy Homosexual comes this eye-opening and deeply personal memoir which is as much a love story as it is a recounting of a complete transformation in our society’s approach to homosexuality.
Sanderson covers his time in the 1970s as a thorn in the side of a relentlessly homophobic council in a grimy northern town; his stint as an agony aunt on a national woman’s magazine and his 25 years writing the popular Mediawatch column for Gay Times. He has published nine books for the LGBT community, including seminal self-help books such as Assertively Gay and Making Gay Relationships Work. He is now as President of the National Secular Society.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said of the book: “This wonderful memoir by veteran LGBT campaigner Terry Sanderson offers a vivid personal snapshot of gay life in Britain over the last four decades; told by someone who was an eye-witness to our many advances and to several of our setbacks. From gay activist to agony aunt, media monitor and secular campaigner, Terry has seen, done and now written about it all. Bravo!”
A full review of the book will be published in the spring 2016 edition of The Pink Humanist.